Visionary Chipset

Mapping Corporate Responsibility Focus Areas to Steps in Our Value Chain

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AMD engineers design the circuitry for microprocessors, graphics, embedded devices and accelerated processing units. Our employees work at 42 locations in 23 countries.

Product Stewardship

AMD works to minimize the environmental impacts and health risks of our products throughout their lifecycle.

Conflict Minerals

AMD is taking steps to break the link between the trade in minerals and ongoing conflict and human rights abuses in Central Africa.

Energy Efficient Products

Developing energy efficient processors has long been a design focus at AMD. We set a bold goal in 2014 to deliver at least 25x more energy efficiency in our mobile processors by the year 2020, while continuing to deliver desired performance – and we’re on track to meet that goal.

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Silicon Manufacturing

AMD designs are manufactured on a silicon wafer. A typical wafer is made out of pure silicon that is formed into cylindrical ingots. These ingots are then sliced into wafers about 0.75 mm thick. Each wafer undergoes multiple steps in the fabrication process to produce an AMD designed processor, or “die.” The working die from the silicon wafer is cut and sent to be assembled into a chip. AMD sources its chips from two world-class wafer foundry partners.

Foundry Partner Goals

AMD and our foundry suppliers have established “best-in-class” environmental, health and safety goals associated with the manufacturing of AMD products.

Conflict Minerals

AMD is taking steps to break the link between the trade in minerals and ongoing conflict and human rights abuses in Central Africa.

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Assembly and Test

In the assembly process, each die is attached to metal connectors so it can function with other devices on a circuit board. The die is then assembled into a protective package to dissipate heat and protect it from other elements. Once fully assembled, each chip is tested for functionality.


AMD aims to reduce the environmental impacts from our own facilities and works with outsourced suppliers to reduce their impacts.

Health & Safety

AMD is committed to a safe and healthy workplace for both our employees and those at our supply chain partners.

Human Rights & Labor

AMD follows the Responsible Business Alliance Code of Conduct for labor and human rights and expects the same from our suppliers.

Conflict Minerals

AMD is taking steps to break the link between the trade in minerals and ongoing conflict and human rights abuses in Central Africa. 

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Product Shipping

Qualified chips are then packaged for shipment to our customers. AMD works with channel partners to sell "processors-in-a-box" direct to the DIY computer enthusiast community as well as to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) that integrate our technology into their branded devices.

Packaging & Transport

AMD works to reduce, reuse and recycle the materials involved in packing and shipping our products.


AMD has established policies and practices to mitigate the introduction of suspect parts into the legitimate marketplace.

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End Product Manufacturing

AMD technology powers millions of intelligent devices made by our customers, including personal computers, game consoles and cloud servers. These devices are defining the new era of instinctive and immersive computing.

Security & Data Privacy

AMD’s technology enables security features at all levels of IT systems - from the processor, to hardware and software applications.

Industry Collaboration

AMD works with our customers, suppliers, peers, governments and civil society groups around the world to align on leading environment, health, safety and labor standards.

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Customer Use

AMD solutions enable people everywhere to use their technology devices to push the boundaries of what is possible. The world’s creators, researchers, inventors and explorers are using high-performance computing to tackle challenges in science, medicine, manufacturing and other areas in order to transform the lives of those around them.

Shared Value

The end products enabled by AMD technology and made by our customers create shared value and help address important global challenges.

Carbon Footprint

AMD aims to reduce customer carbon emissions and energy use by improving the energy efficiency of our products, while also helping develop industry tools that evaluate the carbon footprint of computer products. 

Energy Efficiency

In 2014, AMD announced our goal to deliver at least 25 times more energy efficiency from our accelerated processing units (APUs) for mobile devices by the year 2020. This goal demonstrates AMD’s commitment to future innovations that help reduce power consumption - while dramatically accelerating performance. 

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End of Life

Proper reuse, recycling and disposal of electronic products is important in protecting the environment and moving toward a more circular economy. Engineering our products for long life, we work to reduce or eliminate problematic materials.

Lifecycle Management

AMD products help extend the life of computing platforms, thus reducing electronic waste. In many cases, AMD chips are “backwards compatible” with previous generation AMD chips. 

Reducing Hazardous Substances

AMD is actively committed to our role in protecting the environment by reducing the amount of hazardous substances in our products.